His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has emphasised that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, backs the Syrian cause and efforts by the Syrian people towards achieving their goals, and appealed to the Syrian opposition forces to unite, consolidate joint action and expand their base in Syria.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed made his remarks as he received Ahmed Moaz Al-Khatib, the president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, in presence of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, on the sidelines of the 24th ordinary session of the Arab summit.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also stressed that the UAE condemns all forms of violence in Syria.
He added that the speech delivered to the summit by Al-Khatib today was 'touching' and expressed the Syrian people's hopes and ambitions.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also noted the role the Syrian community in the UAE plays and reiterated that the UAE bears in mind the concerns of this community, in particular during the current 'crushing' crisis.
For his part, Al-Khatib, on behalf of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, thanked the UAE for its support for the Syrian people in their effort to achieve their national goals.
Al-Khatib said: "We consider the UAE a supporter of the Syrian people."
The meeting discussed the current situation in Syria and ways to support the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to enable it to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people.
Also present at the meeting were Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State, Lt. General Musabbah Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Dubai Ruler's Office, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality.
Mohammed bin Rashid returns home
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai returned to the UAE on Tuesday from Doha after heading the country's delegation to 24th Arab summit.
He was received at the Dubai International Airport by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and UAE Minister of Finance, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, Sheikh Ahmed bin saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chief Executive of the Emirates Group, Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Foundation, Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of the Dubai Ruler's Court and Mohammed Juma Al Nabooda.
Returning with Sheikh Mohammed were Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State, Lt. General Musabah Rashid Al Fattan, Director Vice-President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler's Office and Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department.